Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America. We are searching for those horses that appear to be peaking at just the right time and may be sitting on a top performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will know. Others, though, you may not recognize — yet. Here is a closer look at some of today’s morning glories:

  1. Synchrony, a 5YO Tapit horse who is a perfect 2-for-2 this year for trainer Michael Stidham, worked at Keeneland on Monday. The grass expert toured a half mile over Keeneland’s all-weather training track in a snappy :48.20, which was the bullet move of the day. So far this year, Synchrony has won both the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap and the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap. Over his career, he has started 12 times with a record of 5-3-2 and earnings now nearing $500,000. Keep an eye on this one. He is super sharp right now.
  2. Girvin, who won the G1 Haskell Invitational in a closing rush last summer, was back on the main Keeneland track on Monday. The son of Tale of Ekati, who ran 13th in the Kentucky Derby a year ago when fighting a persistent and nasty quarter crack, has not raced since he was 5th in the Oklahoma Derby last September to Untrapped. His work on Monday was his sixth published exercise since March 10, though, and he went 5-furlongs in a quick 1:00.20, which was the bullet of 2. He easily pulled away from his workmate at the end of the move. Looks like trainer Joe Sharp has this one about ready for the afternoon.
  3. Masked, a 3YO Data Link colt trained by Bob Baffert, is off to a good start for owner Abdullah Said Almaddah. After running fifth on debut in January, this one has won two in a row. He worked on Monday at Santa Anita, covering 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 7th best time out of 74 to go that distance. Might be good to keep an eye on this one. Looks like he could be a good one.
  4. Once On Whiskey, a 3YO son of Bodemeister and trained by Baffert, was once on my “Derby Watch.” This guy is a deep closer with super gas talent. He broke his maiden last time out, and may be the guy that you have to watch out for later this year from this barn. He worked 6-furlongs this morning at Santa Anita, going the distance in 1:14.20. That was the best of 4 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one.